The brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), a native of Asia, is emerging as a major nuisance to homeowners. Residents across Maryland are reporting large numbers of the insect in and around their homes and gardens and are seeking relief. This insect, notorious for its “smelly” reputation, earned its name from its tendency to release an odor when disturbed or when crushed (lady bugs have the same defense mechanism). Most stink bugs are herbivorous and use their piercing and sucking mouthparts to feed on plant juices.
While controlling these insects is challenging, consumers should never use, or allow anyone else to use, a pesticide indoors that is intended for outdoor use, as indicated on the label. Using the wrong pesticide or using it incorrectly can cause illness in people and pets. It can also make homes unsafe to live in – and may not solve the pest problem. For infestations indoors, make an appointment with us so we may help get the population under control.